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Harbingers of change: Soon-to-be married youngsters of Ludhiana take initiative to curb ‘weapon culture’ at weddings

Post the recent tragic death of 24-year-old dancer Kulwinder Kaur, who was shot by a drunk man at a wedding palace in Bathinda, youngsters in the region who are about to tie the nuptial knot in the coming days are making special endeavours to curb the horrific culture of flashing guns at weddings. They feel it is nothing more than an ostentatious display of power and wealth and term it as sheer ‘foolishness’.

punjab Updated: Dec 13, 2016 15:35 IST
Rameshinder Singh Sandhu
A view of the Marriage Palace on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana on Monday.
A view of the Marriage Palace on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana on Monday. (HT Photo)

Post the recent tragic death of 24-year-old dancer Kulwinder Kaur, who was shot by a drunk man at a wedding palace in Bathinda, youngsters in the region who are about to tie the nuptial knot in the coming days are making special endeavours to curb the horrific culture of flashing guns at weddings. They feel it is nothing more than an ostentatious display of power and wealth and term it as sheer ‘foolishness’.

Manjot Kaur Dhindsa from a nearby town Raikot, who is all set to get married on Thursday at a wedding palace in Patiala said that in the ring ceremony function organised last week, she along with her would-be husband Reetpal Thind had made a special announcement in the function, requesting all the guests not to bring any kind of weapon at the upcoming wedding function.

“I have always disliked the use of guns at weddings and at other social functions. When I heard about the Bathinda tragedy, I instantly decided that I will not allow any guest to enter the wedding palace with a weapon. So, along with my fiancée, we decided to make this announcement at the ring ceremony itself. We were feeling a bit hesitant at first, but we finally made it,” said Dhindsa.

Thind added, “After the announcement, we had a sense of fulfilling our responsibility and it was the only way to make our wedding safe. Hope everyone is serious about this issue.”

BRS Nagar’s Gurpreet Singh, who is getting married early next year has decided to get it printed on his wedding invite that ‘weapons will not be allowed’. “Usually, one can generally spot ‘no gifts please’ printed on invitation cards, but it can be replaced with ‘no weapons allowed’ for everyone’s safety. I have already requested my father to get this request printed”, underlined Singh. Besides this, he has also taken to social networking sites to share the same.

Similarly, Gurjot Singh who hails from Mansuran village and is getting married by the end of this month said, “I wish I could have also added ‘no weapons’ request on my wedding invitation cards but before I could, they were already printed. However, in place of that I have shared this request with all my relatives and friends through different social media platforms. In fact, everyone appreciated me for taking this initiative.”

On the other hand, friends and relatives are also busy messaging their loved ones, who are getting married soon to enquire if all the wedding functions will be sans weapons.

“Albeit, my family has decided that we will strictly not entertain any guest with any weapon at my upcoming wedding but still many of our friends and relatives go on to message us if we have taken any steps to slap down this trend. It shows that everyone is worried and want this violent culture to end”, said Pardeep Singh from Khanna.

He further said, “Moreover, Bathinda incident is not the first incident. Earlier also many such incidents have taken place and considering this, we can’t be solely dependent on police and law, as despite their presence, these incidents happen. So, being responsible citizens, it is our duty to make a positive contribution to discourage this culture.”